Register if you're not self-employed
If you have to send a tax return and did not send one last year, you need to register for Self Assessment by 5 October.
If you’ve sent a return before
You’ll need the 10-digit Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) from when you registered previously. You can find your UTR if you’ve lost it.
After you register, sign in to the online account you set up previously and file your tax return.
If you have not sent a return before
After you register, you’ll get a letter within 10 working days (21 if you’re abroad) which will contain your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR).
You’ll need to:
- create a new account
- use your UTR to enrol for Self Assessment online services
You’ll get an activation code in the post within 10 working days of enrolling (21 if you’re abroad). When you have your code, sign in to your online account to file your return online.
You can replace an activation code if you do not receive it or you lose it.